Quiet Moments Speak the Loudest
What happens in ________ stays in ________. This phrase usually represents people’s desire to keep anonymous their reckless and wild living in the notoriously wild city of Las Vegas. But I wonder if we don’t have the same mindset of our quiet times with the Lord. We tend to treat it as a separate event that is confined only to that time and space and then go about facing the day on our own.
But here’s the truth. What happens in your quiet time doesn’t stay in your quiet time. It goes with you. It affects everything you do. It changes the way you treat the people around you. It prepares you and paves the way for extraordinary things to happen. The little spark that ignites the blazing fire of the miraculous is initiated in the quiet moments with God. (Share that!)
Everything you do in public is launched from the ramp of your private life. Rarely do I get “big” revelations in my devotional times when I read my Bible and pray. It’s usually during the day as I’m going about my everyday business that the Lord will drop something in my spirit. But that would never happen if I would not have spent time with Him first because it’s all rooted in His Word. Your devotional times are the foundation upon which the structure of your life is built.
Psalm 119:11 (ESV) says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” To store something up is to put it in a place for when you need it. You store your groceries in a pantry or refrigerator until it’s time to eat them. In the same way, you store the Word of God in your heart for the times when you will need it.
In Mark 1:35 we see that Jesus “departed early in the morning to pray.” In the following scriptures we see Him preaching, casting out demons, and healing the sick. He has called us to do these things and even greater (John 14:12), but to get Jesus’s results, we need to model His ways, and that starts with quiet times with God.
If you don’t currently have a regular devotional or quiet time with God, I encourage you to start! It doesn’t have to look a certain way. Some people sit and read the Bible. Others spend their morning commute in their car praying. I even heard of a pastor who takes walks through the woods to spend time with the Lord. Whatever helps you focus and connect with Him is what you should do.
Don’t forsake these moments with God. They are the fuel to fulfilling God’s purpose for your life! Make it a point to have these times with the Lord every day. It will change everything about your day and your life!
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Originally published at www.dustindelino.com on January 8, 2016.